On-Campus FAQ's

On-Campus FAQ's

Wellesley Pre-College On-Campus FAQs


What is the deadline for applying to the Pre-College Residential Program?

We will begin accepting applications in January 27, 2014. Applications will continue to be accepted until June 20, respectively), or until courses have filled. Some courses fill very quickly – it is important that you send your application as soon as you are able to confirm your participation.

How much is tuition for Pre-College Residential Program?

Tuition for Summer 2014 On-Campus courses is $2,375 per course. A $100 application fee is due with the application. Admitted students must pay outstanding tuition and/or housing balances beyond, May 12, 2014. Students whose application is received after May 12, 2014 must submit payment in full with the application.

How much is the residential comprehensive fee for Wellesley Pre-College Residential Program?

The residential comprehensive fee is $2,875 The fee includes room, full board, RA support and all weekend and evening activities.

How do I pay tuition and the residential fee? Where do I send it?

Please send all payments to the Summer Session Office.

Is tuition assistance available for the Wellesley Pre-College Program?

Unfortunately, Wellesley is not able to offer tuition assistance to Pre-College students.

Do I need spending money?

All weekday meals and planned activities are covered in the residential fee. Students will need money to buy books and other classroom materials, and may also wish to have money for personal expenditures (a Wellesley t-shirt, snacks, etc.).

Will there be personal interviews?

Students are strongly encouraged to speak with a Pre-College Admissions Representative, but there is no formal interview process. Depending upon the information included in your application, we may wish to meet with you  in person before admission to the program.

We will consider all applications.

May I apply to Session I and Session II?

Yes, you may apply to take courses in both sessions. However, please note that On-Campus housing for Pre-College students will not be available during Session I, and that Pre-College students living On-Campus in Session II must be enrolled in two courses at that time.

Is there any preference shown to residential or commuter students?

Applying for residential or commuter status has no effect on the admissions decision.

Is there an orientation? If so, when?

A brief parent/student orientation for the 2014 Wellesley Pre-College Program will take place after move-in has been completed on June 29, 2014.

How difficult are Wellesley College courses?

These are college courses; your fellow students will be primarily College undergraduates. Pre-College students will not be treated any differently, and should expect to work very hard to make the most out of their experience. The degree of difficulty varies per class. The number preceding the course title (i.e., ARTS105 or PSYC101) will indicate what level the course is, with 100-level courses being considered introductory level, and progressively higher-numbered courses being more specific and focused, aimed at upper-classmen. Pre-College students are invited to participate in any 100-level listed course, upon successful admission to the program.


At the end of Wellesley Pre-College courses, will teacher recommendations be provided?

Wellesley faculty who feel that a particular student has exceeded expectations may be willing to provide a general or specific letter of recommendation. The grade you earn in a course will be the greatest indicator of your success in your future applications.

Will participating in Wellesley Pre-College Program help me get into Wellesley College?

Your decision to participate in the Wellesley Pre-College Program should be based on your desire to engage in a rigorous intellectual atmosphere, to place yourself in the mindset of what college life will entail, and to push yourself to succeed academically. Like any additional academic activity, though, participation in this program can help you to present yourself as an interesting candidate during the college application process but does not guarantee you admission into the Wellesley College Undergrad Program.

Are there accommodations for disabled students?

Wellesley provides a full range of services and accommodations to assist disabled students. Please contact Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services 781-283-2434 for more assistance.

Do students have access to campus facilities?

Pre-College students taking summer courses have access to Wellesley’s classrooms, laboratories, On-Campus cafes, libraries, computer labs and the Campus Center. Students have library borrowing privileges. Residential students have access to the dining hall and the student housing.

Will I have access to a computer? Should I bring a laptop? Is the campus wireless?

Students will have access to the computer clusters and laboratories throughout the campus, but will find it very convenient to have their own laptops with them (in many classes, professors permit students to bring them in and use them to take notes during class). Each student housing room is also equipped with an Ethernet jack to connect to the internet (students will need to bring or purchase their own Ethernet cords).


Is On-Campus residency mandatory?

There is no On-Campus housing for the Session I High School Students, and housing is optional for Session II.  Pre-College students who do choose to live On-Campus will reside at McAfee Hall. Residential students must be enrolled in 2 courses. Non-residential students may enroll in 1 or 2 courses, and will not be charged a residential fee. Students who elect not to live On-Campus may not participate in residential activities, meals admission pre-college program as the costs of these program elements are covered by the residential fee.

What are the housing options?

Pre-College students who choose to live On-Campus will reside at McAfee Hall.


What are the check-in and check-out dates?

Students will move into the student housing the Sunday before classes begin (June 29, 2014), and will move out the last day of the session (July 25, 2014).

May I check into the student housing before the check-in dates or check-out after the check-out dates?

No. On-Campus housing for Pre-College students is not available during the June session. Students who wish to enroll in the June  session will need to reside within a commuting distance from campus. Students in the July session who choose to live On-Campus must move in and out on the appointed dates, during the appointed times.

What is the meal plan?

All residential students will enjoy a full meal plan with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Off-campus students may also choose to participate in meal plans. The college aims to provide vegetarian options at all meals.

Where will meals be provided?

All meals will be provided in Bae Pao Dining Room at the Campus Center. (except certain meals during weekend excursions).

How much do books and course materials cost?

Prices of books and materials will vary from course to course.

Is there an ATM On-Campus?

Yes, there is an ATM machine located in Lulu Campus Center.

Contact Us

Summer Session
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Corinne Frazer
Tel: 781.283.2200

Sandra Poitras
Tel: 781.283.2756